First of all, if you think losing James Harrison to their divisional rival was “no big deal,” you are dead wrong. The Steelers can use all the help they can get right now on both sides of the ball. But, that’s another story and tonight I am strictly focusing on the offensive side.
Pittsburgh allowed wide receiver Mike Wallace to head to the Miami Dolphins without bringing anyone to replace him. Bad move number two.
Next, the typically-reliable backup running back Jonathan Dwyer was released on the day NFL rosters were asked to be cut to the 53-man limit. After injuries to the position, he was brought back — which should help in the future. Right now, they’re stuck with Isaac Redman and Felix Jones.
Speaking of which, Redman and Jones have combined for 49 yards on 20 carries this season. The Steelers are averaging 31 rushing yards per game in 2013.
The Steelers, who are known for their smash-mouth style football, have averaged 31 rushing yards through two games. Yes, you read that correctly. It sure is going to be difficult for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to get anything going through the passing game without a true number one wideout and, on top of that, an absolutely horrific run game.
Here’s another stat for you: The Steelers are averaging just 6.0 points per game through two weeks. Sure, it’s just two weeks –but, six points per game? Seriously?
In such a physical division — historically — it is going to be almost impossible for the Steelers to continue at this rate. They have got to get it in gear or they’ll be in for a long season. At 0-2, they are of course last in the division, but fortunately for them every team in the AFC North has at least one loss.
Pittsburgh, this has been a pretty bad first two weeks. As if things could get any worse, they will take on the 2-0 Chicago Bears next week in primetime yet again. On a short week with an offense in shambles, that does not bode well for the Steelers.